• Bay State Animal Cooperative


    A Safe, Loving, No Kill Rescue for Animals.


  • About BSAC

    Our Mission:

    To practice a no-kill philosophy while providing humane resources and services aimed at reducing animal overpopulation and unnecessary suffering for companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals.

    We work cooperatively with other humane organizations, local municipalities and the community to develop and implement programs including but not limited to:

    • Low-cost spay/neuter assistance,
    • Low-cost medical care,
    • Trap-neuter-return (TNR),
    • Community outreach programs and events,
    • Rescue,  shelter and adoption,
    • Mobile medical, adoption and education services, 
    • Fundraising events, and 
    • A sanctuary.

    We are funded entirely by donations and operate completely by volunteers.

    BSAC is a 501(c)3 charitable/non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.


  • Donate Now

    Your tax-deductible gift to the Bay State Animal Cooperative helps ensure animals in distress receive the care they need, as well as a chance to be adopted into a caring home.


    We gratefully accept any amount. If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc. and mail to:

    Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc.
    47 Windsor Road
    Norwood, MA 02062

  • Board of Directors

    Marcia Motta

    Founder and President

    I founded the Bay State Animal Cooperative, a 501(c)3 animal rescue organization in 2009 and proudly serve as the volunteer President, foster caregiver, treasurer and trapper. As an animal advocate since childhood, I am proud to stand by other passionate volunteers and directors that help mold this organization. I have supported a no-kill philosophy since I can remember and it is the back-bone of my everyday life with animals.

    Animal rescue, advocacy, support and welfare has been my destiny and I have actively pursued this passion since the early 1980’s. Though it all began in 1964 a small town in NH where I raised with an array of rodents, rabbits, dogs, reptiles and great “human” family support.

    I currently share my home with my husband, college attending son, his adopted cat, Jasmine, my cat Talia, many long and short-term foster cats. I have two grown independent daughters who both share their lives with adopted cats.

    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emmanuel College. I have completed many animal science and veterinary technician courses. In 2017, I passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and am a certified veterinary technician. Additionally, I have held many roles over the years involving animals including; TNR specialist, executive director of another no-kill rescue group, member of the mass animal coalition, and partner with animal control officers, rescues, businesses and schools to educate and assist with feline rescue and adoption.

    As a professional pet sitter and dog walker I feel lucky to be able to share every day with animals while assisting pet owners. The coordination of many past and present part-time professions has allowed me to rescue, care for, adopt and spay/neuter thousands of felines over the past 20 years of my life while experiencing many memories with my friends and family.

    Though life is hectic and a bit overwhelming at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Rita Crowell

    Vice President

    I am a retired high school Science Department Director with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters degree. I taught for 30 years and have had various volunteer experiences throughout that time.


    My experience with BSAC has grown by stages. BSAC was the group that I first encountered as a result of kitten visitors in my yard. I needed help and BSAC had suggestions and advice. After a short time, my interest in cats, the attitude of the public towards cats, and how I could help to make the lives of cats and kittens better sent me in a new direction. Educating individuals to help themselves and the cats in their neighborhoods are important to me. BSAC provided the framework for my interests and a way to move forward to provide that help. The goals of the organization are core values that I can support. As a result I became the BSAC shelter manager at a place where myself, and many volunteers would house and care for cats and kittens that were waiting for forever homes.

    I am an ardent supporter of animal rights using various internet petition sites, including paid memberships to many animal support groups


    My present position at BSAC is vice president. I perform various volunteer functions in the group:


    Maintain the pictures and bios on Petfinder of our available cats and kittens

    Track of all trapping equipment (including pickup and delivery)

    • Perform TNR (trap, neuter, return) in the community and track colony locations
    • Provide temporary foster care for many cats and kittens that are transitioning to foster or adoptive homes
    • Build and maintain shelters and feeding stations for feral cat colonies
    • Transport cats to doctor appointments, spay/neuter
    • Post pictures and biographies of our cats in a flyer that is
    • distributed to vet offices and clinics and pet stores
    • Process adoption applications, when added help is needed

    MIchelle Taranto


    I am the volunteer coordinator with the Bay State Animal Cooperative and could not be happier with my choice of volunteer work. I was first introduced to Bay State approximately 18 years ago when I was looking for a companion for my adult cat. I was introduced to a friendly feral cat named Cinnamon, and while my family thought my cat was too attached to me to share his home, it could not have been a better fit. They were best friends, and Cinnamon is still with me today at 20 years old!


    I started out volunteering with fundraising and administration and was happy to expand my services to volunteer coordinator and working with the cats within our adoption center. I am proud to be a member of BSAC not only because of their no-kill philosophy, but also with its dedication to providing valuable resources to reduce animal overpopulation, assisting pet owners who would otherwise have not humane alternative and educating young and old about rescuing and caring for animals. I also attracted to BSAC as the organization takes in special needs and older cats and will care for them until the exact fit if found...as long as it take. There is no better feeling than finding the purrfect forever home for our beloved felines and brightening the lives of their new families.


    I currently have three cats, all adopted through BSAC. I am a Realtor with Keller Williams and love the fact that I not only help find homes for people but for cats who, without BSAC, might not benefit from a second chance to be part of a loving family.

    Robin Morgan


    I started volunteering at Bay State Animal Cooperative in 2012 cleaning cages and socializing the cats in the shelter and then became an adoption counselor and foster mother for cats and kittens in need of a temporary home. When the BSAC website needed a complete redesign, I volunteered to do the work. I now maintain the website and the BSAC Facebook page. I work with a great volunteer photographer who maintains all our Twitter and Instagram posts. I hold a Bachelor of Science in English Literature.

  • Adoption

    Thank you for your interest in applying for a new pet. Please know that priority will be given to applications less than an hour from our corporate address as we reserve the right to visit our adopted pets at any time. Additionally, we support adopting close to home where you can get follow up support for the animal you adopt. If you reside a long distance from us, we encourage you to seek your local resources and opt not to apply through Bay State Animal Cooperative but if you still choose to apply understand we may not be able to accept your application.

    You can apply online here or download our Adoption Application in Word Format.


    You can visit any of our cats by appointment to see them in their foster homes. Please note this can only be done by making an appointment so that we may have one of our volunteers assist you. For an appointment, contact us via email at info@baystateanimals.org.


    Bring all members of your household.

    Try not to get attached to a particular cat. Our adoption counselors are trained to work with you to find the best match for your household.

    When submitting an adoption application, include information about your past and current pets, veterinarian, your housing situation, etc.

  • Meet Our Cats

    Featured Cats for Adoption

    Applications can be downloaded here


    About Mittens

    Mitten’s true past is a bit mysterious but regardless BSAC’s affiliate group the Brockton Cat Coalition (BCC) was called when she was found under a porch with kittens. BCC rescued her and her 3 kittens and they are all now safe in a loving foster home.
    She is petite and was malnourished when rescued. She is welcoming a regular meal and the love that comes with it. Mittens loves attention and cuddles! She co-existed with other cats outside (who we have also assisted) and now lives in a foster who has a dog (no direct contact at this time however). Consider meeting and adopting Mittens.


    About LuuLuu

    Luuluu was adopted to an awesome home through BSAC as a kitten and though she is shy and hides a lot her family loved her. Sadly, along with her friend Booboo, she had to be relinquished to us as the infant human in the family has such bad asthma, that cats in the home were not an option. Luuluu and Booboo went right into foster care and when deemed ready they moved to the open space at the PURR Cat Cafe.

    Dear Luuluu is a bit confused and flustered by it all and has opted to be secluded as she figures out this new temporary residence. She will hiss but once she is relaxed enough to be petted she surely appreciates the attention.

    Give her a bit of time and we are sure she will learn the family ways and begin the second half of her life enjoying her new family and vice versa.


    About Booboo

    Booboo is a very entertaining, involved, personable 9 year-old cat with the most unique white diamond between his eyes. He has lived with his housemate Luuluu for several years and both felines needed a new place to call home. The family grew and had children and sadly the youngest infant has serious asthma and can not reside with cats.
    Booboo was relinquished to BSAC very reluctantly and he and Luuluu deserve a new chance to find love in a new forever home.
    Booboo does well with other cats, (consider Luuluu too) and currently resides with several others. He recently had an accident resulting in the loss of a couple of nails on his hind legs but this will in no way impede Booboos life style. He does however, have a big fear of the veterinarian and being placed into his carrier so remind us to go over this fear with you. Booboo will win you over as soon as you meet him with his big loving nature and desire to be petted and loved!
    Booboo can be seen at the PURR Cat Cafe.


    About Lucy

    Lucy has had a tough last few weeks. She is a declawed sweet, affectionate young adult kitty. She’s super social and very present.

    She was on the verge of death just a few short weeks ago as for some reason she decided to stop eating and as a result her liver began to fail. This led to her needing to be tube fed. After many many tests and procedures to determine the cause no definitive answers were found. She is currently doing very well eating on her own and living in a temporary foster.

    Lucy would love a place to call home and BSAC is always here if she once again opts to stop eating. This is what we do.
    Lucy’s medical care has so far cost over $2,400. Any donations to her bills are welcomed!

    Consider adopting her with our support or foster her until she finds her forever home!


    About Salem

    Salem is super sweet and affectionate enjoying human attention and seems to co-exist with other cats. Poor kitty is young and we were told has had 4 litters! Her latest will be her last. It’s her time to be a “young” kitty and enjoy her youth. Can you be the ones that she would love as her forever family?


    About Annie

    Annie is a very large beautiful shy kitty who was rescued from a life outside. She appeared to have living outside all her life but seemed quite young. We assume her first heat led to her pregnancy in the spring of 2018. Her kittens were adopted once they were ready and since she was quite lovable in her recovery cage we opted to give her a chance for a human family. Annie hid in her foster home though she made random appearances. She was caught basking in the sun and lounging on cat bed periodically. She opted not to mingle directly with the foster family but was a welcomed, polite, welcomed guest. The family was busy, dogs, cats, adult kids etc. Maybe a quieter home will bring out her true colors as beautiful colors is surely what she has. Very gentle and loves a good petting when you can get to her.
    Consider Annie and take the challenge of getting her to open up to you. Not suggesting her for a family with young children. Letting her be herself is required to obtain her trust!
    Annie is a closet snacker and needs her diet monitored?


    About Max

    Meet Max as he has now been named. He is an adult Tom cat recently neutered and is a seeking a home who will let him adjust to living with humans as it seems it may have been a while since he was not defending his life outdoors. He was lingering outside a cat friendly persons home, night and day and was finally been taken inside. No one has reported him as missing in the local areas. He’s a tough guy but surely appreciates being inside and getting his food delivered to him.

    Yes, he does like human interaction, yes, he tolerates other cats quite well, but unfortunately he’s a bit aggressive when he is not touched the way he ops to be touched.

    So I think we have our work cut out for us to continue to evaluate him before he goes into a new permanent home. However, we are always seeking experienced fosters or willing “foster” families to help us with this process. Let me know if this is something you would consider. Experienced, patient cat owner required.

  • Volunteer


    • Foster Parenting

    • Adoption Counselors (we will train you)

    • Animal Transport- to and from vet appointments

    • Fund-Raising coordinator

    • Administrative Assistant
    • Pick up and transport of donated food-

    • in your car or truck (mileage is tax-deductible!)

    • Grant Writers

    • and more...new ideas are always welcome!

    Please fill out a volunteer application form on-line.

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